Paul Theroux


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Paul Edward Theroux (born April 10, 1941) is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work of travel writing is perhaps The Great Railway Bazaar (1975). He has published numerous works of fiction, some of which were made into feature films. He was awarded the 1981 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Mosquito Coast.

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  • ''Death is an endless night so awful to contemplate that it can make us love life and value it with such passion that it may be the ultimate cause of all joy and all art.''
    Paul Theroux (b. 1941), U.S. novelist, travel writer. Hockney's Alphabet, "D is for Death," ed. Stephen Spender (1991). Book published to raise mo...
  • ''Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.''
    Paul Theroux (b. 1941), U.S. author. Observer (London, October 29, 1989).
  • ''Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.''
    Paul Theroux (b. 1941), U.S. novelist, travel writer. quoted in Observer (London, Oct. 7, 1979).
  • ''You must not judge people by their country. In South America, it is always wise to judge people by their altitude.''
    Paul Theroux (b. 1941), U.S. novelist, travel writer. Quoting an old lady's advice, in The Old Patagonian Express (1979).
  • ''The realization that he is white in a black country, and respected for it, is the turning point in the expatriate's career. He can either forget it, or capitalize on it. Most choose the latter.''
    Paul Theroux (b. 1941), U.S. novelist, travel writer. "Tarzan Is an Expatriate," quoted in Patrick Marnham, Dispatches from Africa, ch. 1 (1981).
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